April 12, 2010

Truck Farm

Ever seen a farm on wheels? Well, if you haven't yet, you'll have your chance soon enough! On April 19, filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney of King Corn and The Greening of Southie will be wending their way to Providence, urban farm in tow.  Last spring, using green-roof technology, lightweight soil and heirloom seeds, they transformed their vintage Dodge into a traveling 12-member CSA. Ian and Curt planted seeds, parked the truck on a Brooklyn street, and waited for the sun and rain to work their charms. 

Truck Farm's story has been told everywhere from NPR to The Washing Post to Japanese morning TV. And now it's coming to Providence. Ian and Curt are using the farm to explore the burgeoning movement of urban agriculture. Part public art, part media phenomenon, part film, Truck Farm is a vibrant symbol of how growing and eating well can be fun. 

At 8:00 on the evening of April 19, Ian and Curt will speak about the importance of local and sustainable agriculture and share segments of their work-in-progress film, Truck Farm. The event will be held in Salomon Center, DeCiccio Family Auditorium on Brown University's campus. The event is free and open to the public and we envision the evening as being one where Rhode Islanders from all walks of life will come together to learn about the thrills and pitfalls of planting gardens where you least expect them. 

The event is being held in conjunction with Food on the Move: America's Traveling Tastes, a collaborative exhibit between Brown University's M.A. program in public humanities and the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum. The exhibit opens to the public on April 16. And, if Truck Farm isn't Food on the Move, we're not sure what is. 
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